Tokyo in May : Best Things to Do 2021
What to Do in Tokyo in May
Planning to visit Tokyo this May?? If yes, you should definitely check out our list of the latest travel info and best things to do in the city in 2021 May! Various special events are held this month including traditional Japanese festival, beautiful spring flowers and Golden Week events! Let’s plan a perfect trip in Tokyo with our 2021 May To-Do list!
Note: Some of listed places/events in Tokyo in May 2021 may change their operation hours/be closed or cancelled due to COVID-19. Please check official websites for the latest updates before visiting.
1. Golden Week
from late April to early May is “Golden Week” in Japan, which is a long holiday period formed with multiple public holidays. The great thing about the Golden Week is that there will be a plenty of special events in town which you may be entertained. The downside of it is that it’ll be very crowded everywhere. If you are travelling during the Golden Week period, put that in your mind 🙂
Check out the best Golden Week events in Tokyo:
2. Sanja Matsuri
Tokyo’s most energetic, loudest and wildest festival, Sanja Matsuri (三社祭) is back. The festival is held at Asakusa Shrine near Sensoji Temple in Asakusa area for 3 days usually on the third weekend in May, and invite about 2 millions viewers. The festival features a number of portable shrine (Mikoshi) carried through the streets of Asakusa neighbourhood with the lively and energetic atmosphere.
3. Kanda Matsuri
Kanda Matsuri or Kanda Festival (神田祭) is one of the three great Shinto festivals of Tokyo, along with the Fukagawa Matsuri and Sanno Matsuri. It originally started in 17th century. The festival is held mid May every two years (in odd-number years), which means the festival is on this year. The festival takes place at Kanda Shrine and surrounding neighbourhood in Tokyo (around Akihabara and Tokyo Station), and about 200 mikoshi (portable shrines) are carried through in addition to musicians, dancers, and floats. Kanda Matsuri is held over a week, but the main event usually happens on weekend near 15 May.
Date: mid May
4. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival
Various flowers flourish in town during spring, and after cherry blossoms, it’s time for wisteria. Kameido Tenjin Shrine Wisteria Festival (亀戸天神社 藤まつり) is a popular flower festival held annually in Koto Ward, Tokyo. Over 100 wisteria flower bloom beautifully at the historical shrine site from late April to early May along with festival food stalls and special events.
Date: TBA (mid April to early May)
5. Carp Streamer Tokyo Tower
Carp streamer (Koinobori) is a traditional item to celebrate Children’s Day (5th May) in Japan, and streamers are displayed at many location during Golden Week season. At the base of Tokyo Tower, 333 colourful carp streamers are displayed from late March to 6 May. Night light-up of the streams is also available from 17:00～23:00.
Discount tickets: 6% OFF Tokyo Tower Ticket — Main Observatory Deck E-Tickets
Date: TBA (late March to early May)
6. Thai Festival
The Thai Festival is one of the biggest international festivals in Japan, which is held at Yoyogi Park annually. The festival features about 100 booths selling delicious Thai food, drinks and Thai crafts as well as live performances on the stage.
Date: TBA (early May)
7. Vietnam Festival
Various international festivals are held at Yoyogi Park through spring and summer, and Vietnam Festival is one of the events people most anticipate. The Vietnam Festival features traditional Vietnamese folk art, special performances by Vietnamese musicians, and of course delicious Vietnamese food.
Access: 10 mins walk from Harajuku Station or Yoyogi Koen Station
8. Niku Fes 2021 (TBA)
One of the largest food festivals in Tokyo, the Meat Festival (Niku Fes) is held during the Golden Week period at Komazawa Olympic Park in Tokyo annually. The “borderless” food event features various meat dishes from different countries and genres. From premium Wagyu beef to plant-based meat substitutes, you can enjoy a variety of unique and delicious meat dishes at the venue.
Access: 10 mins walk from Komazawa Daigaku Station
Date: TBA (early May)
Hours: 10:00~21:00 (till 20:00 on the last day)
9. Spring Flower Events
You may have missed cherry blossoms in Tokyo if you are travelling in May, but you’ll still get a chance to see stunning flowers. The Nemophila Harmony at Hitachi Seaside Park is one of the most popular flower events in Japan in Spring, which can be accessed from Tokyo for a day-trip. The best viewing time of Nemophila flowers is usually late April to early May.
-The Great Wisteria Festival
Another great side trip destination from Tokyo in May is Great Wisteria Festival at Ashikaga Flower Park. The park is picked as one of the top 10 international dream destinations by CNN in past. Various kinds of colourful wisteria flowers are displayed at the park including the 150 year-old Great Wisteria. The best viewing time is usually from mid April to mid May.
10. Cycling Tour
Spring is the best season to spend time outdoor in Japan, and cycling is one of the best activities in the city. Various sightseeing cycling tours are available in Tokyo today which you can see the best highlights and explore the city in depth in one day while exercising!
Tokyo Historical Bike Tour by Magical Trip is a popular cycling day tour around south of Tokyo (Ryogoku, Tsukiji, Imperial Palace, etc) through 24km with a local guide. You can check more details about the tour via the attached link below and booking with discount is also available!
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How exciting?? Which events in May do you look forward to most?? For more information about travelling in Japan in May, here are some more articles you should definitely check out 🙂